On Sunday February 26, 2017 Bill Paxton died due to complications from surgery. A prolific character actor, Paxton appeared in films such as Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow, Twister, Aliens, and Apollo 13. His career lasted over 40 years, and he brought a gravitas and relatability to every film or TV show he was in. A spokesperson for Paxton’s family released the following statement following his passing:
A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.
Bill Paxton's Career
#BillPaxton’s legacy will live on thanks to his stellar performances over the last 4 decades. Although Paxton was extremely recognizable, he had the ability to completely disappear into his characters. His iconic line as Private Hudson in James Cameron’s Aliens, “Game over man, game over!”, is cemented in the pop culture lexicon not because it is an exceptional piece of dialogue, but because Paxton delivered it perfectly.
Paxton’s TV show Big Love showcased his talents as a leading man, and his charisma nearly leapt off the screen. Paxton could portray almost anyone, ranging from a desperate meteorologist in Twister, to the biggest bully of all time in Weird Science.
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Paxton’s warmth and professionalism was noted by many of the cast and crew of projects he worked on over the years, and he will be missed by fans and peers alike. With over 90 acting credits to his name, Bill Paxton's image will live on through his films and in the hearts of all his fans.
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